One hundred jobs in one hundred days.
Nova Employment chief executive Martin Wren jokes it was just a catchy slogan, but the commitment has come to mean so much more to jobseekers and employers.
The disability employment agency launched its annual job drive at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club last week, which drew high profile supporters including actress Paula Duncan and Sydney Thunder cricketer Chris Green.
“Hopefully when you see the quality of our job-seekers you’ll see 100 jobs in 100 days is not just a good goal, but something we could achieve,” Mr Wren said.
Mr Wren interviewed clients with experience ranging from customer service and debt collection to administration, IT and hospitality.
Employers including sign writer Craig Wallace and early educator Tori Robinson also spoke glowingly of people they had employed through Nova.
“I had heard of Nova but it was only a few years ago that I met someone from their team in Richmond,” Mr Wallace said. “They introduced me to a young man who’s an exceptional worker and has become a big part of my business.”
Mr Wallace’s apprentice Alan, who is a finalist in a national sign writing competition, said he liked the banter with his employer. “I enjoy being a sign writer. My advice to everyone is it’s good to do something you enjoy,” he said.
Paula Duncan said it was “breathtaking” to see what Nova had accomplished in ten years.
“You don’t know what you can do until you do it,” she said.
“We will go down in history for this, and I’m glad a lot of you people out there will be part of it.”